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Eight Mountaineers in NFL Playoffs



The road of Super Bowl LVI runs through Morgantown. Of the 14 NFL teams continuing their postseasons, West Virginia Football represents on nearly half.

The Tennessee Titans, along with linebacker David Long Jr. have the AFC BYE and will host a divisional round at Nissan Stadium.

On the opposite side of the bracket, the Green Bay Packers and cornerback Rasul Douglas have the NFC BYE until Lambeau Field gets to host a divisional round.

Super Wild Card Weekend kicks off with the Cincinnati Bengals and Las Vegas Raiders at 4:30 p.m. EST, teams which both house former Mountaineers. The 4-seed Bengals, including veteran left guard Quinton Spain, will face the 5-seed Raiders and last season’s pick-up, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski.

The 8:15 p.m. game, the 6-seed New England Patriots against the 3-seed Buffalo Bills for this season’s third iteration, will solely feature its Mountaineer presence from Patriots offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste.

Jan. 16 will feature the remainder of the professional Mountaineers.

There aren’t any West Virginia alumni on either the Philadelphia Eagles or Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Jan. 17’s Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams game, but Jan. 16’s 4:30 p.m. game between the 6-seed San Francisco 49ers and 3-seed Dallas Cowboys will feature opposing former teammates. 49ers offensive tackle Colton McKivitz will meet his former QB1 Will Grier‘s Cowboys in the postseason match-up.

The 8:15 p.m. game between the 7-seed Pittsburgh Steelers and 2-seed Kansas City Chiefs will showcase one former Mountaineer from the same era: Steelers safety Karl Joseph.

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